Honey Thyme Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Author: Epicurus.com Kitchens
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • 1/2 Cup honey, preferably raw
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 Cup sugar
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the honey and thyme and let it infuse for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Fill a large bowl or pan with ice and water (mostly ice). Place a large, clean bowl in the ice bath and fit the bowl with a fine-mesh strainer.
  3. In a large, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until hot but not boiling.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
  5. Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Slowly pour about half of the hot cream mixture into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer the yolk mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining cream mixture and return it to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula and being sure to scrape the bottom of the saucepan so it doesn’t scorch, until the liquid begins to steam and you can feel the spatula scrape against the bottom of the pan, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the custard from the heat and immediately pour it through the strainer into the clean bowl you set up in the ice bath. Remove the strainer but don't press any solids through. Stir in the honey-thyme infusion.
  7. Allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
  8. When the custard is totally cool, cover and let steep and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight. When you are ready to freeze the custard, transfer it to an ice cream maker and spin according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Eat immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, cover, and freeze for up to 1 week.
The typical honey purchased in supermarkets has been boiled to help keep it fluid, year round. Raw honey changes consistency in various seasons. So, we recommend buying raw honey, preferably well filtered.
Recipe by Epicurus.com Recipes at https://www.epicurus.com/food/recipes/honey-thyme-ice-cream/44872/